Muhanga Town Business Booms But No Public Toilet

3107 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
The town council’s traders and dwellers say that the absence of a public toilet puts their lives at risk. They claim that the many people who throng the town to conduct business end up using open spaces, bushes and a nearby swamp because the town does not have a public toilet.

Traders and residents of Muhanga town council in Kabale district have expressed concern over the town’s lack of a public toilet.

The town council’s traders and dwellers say that the absence of a public toilet puts their lives at risk. They claim that the many people who throng the town to conduct business end up using open spaces, bushes and a nearby swamp because the town does not have a public toilet.

Maria Twinobusingye sells porridge in the town; she says that she is finding hard to continue with her business as people defecate and urinate behind her house, putting her health and business at risk.

She says that since the elevation of the town to town council status in 2010, they have continually asked the council authorities to put in place a public toilet but received no response.

Felix Bamwoya, a trader in Muhanga town selling roasted meat, wonders why the council authorities have failed to build a mere public toilet yet they can see that the population of the town is rapidly growing. 

He hopes the council is not waiting for a disease outbreak before they build facilities to handle the needs of the town.

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Another trader Oscar Mugisha complains that the town council only talks about plans they have for the town but never actually do anything.

Eudia Mutabazi, the town clerk Muhanga, explains that the town council has already set aside money to build a public toilet and it will be finished before the end of this financial year. He appeals to the traders and the town dwellers to be patient in the meantime.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.